Up & Coming Weekly

May 06, 2014

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12 MAY 7-13, 2014 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Menopause the Musical Brings Hot Flashes to the Crown by JENNIFER TAFT When was the last time you discussed hot flashes in public? What about night sweats and mood swings? Well, grab your girlfriends, ladies. Menopause the Musical is coming for one day only to the Crown Center on May 18. It's a Chick Flick, live on stage! The entire musical is set in a department store, where four women with seemingly nothing in common meet by chance over a black lace bra. From there, a friendship is formed that gives way to conversations about hot flashes, chocolate cravings, wrinkles and mood swings. The show is staged to classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s and promises to have you dancing in the aisles. It is estimated that nearly 11 million women have attended a performance since the 2001 opening in Orlando, Florida. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer and producer Jeanie Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of or have survived "The Change." Although the show's message may seem a little "senior," Ingrid Cole, one of the leading ladies of the show and winner of the 2012 Suzi Bass Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal as Rose in Gypsy with The Atlanta Lyrics Theatre, promises that people of all ages will love it- men, too. "Men love the show! This is why the show is so popular. It applies to everyone," Cole says. As an original show cast member, Cole was a bit surprised at first at how popular the show is, but not anymore. "We are all a little amazed at how this little show has exploded. But, it's no surprise anymore that people have at least heard of it." Cole says she and her cast mates are having the best time touring with Menopause. "We get along really well and respect each other. You can see it on stage, too." The show is produced by GFour Productions, which has won more than 40 Tony Awards. Notable productions include The Book of Mormon and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. The show begins at 3 p.m. and runs for 90 minutes. Tickets range from $30 - $65 and are available online at Ticketmaster.com, in person at the Crown Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 1.800.745.3000. Group discounts of 10+ are available by calling 888-686-8587 x 2. Additional service charges and fees may apply. Menopause the Musical has entertained audiences in more than 450 U.S. cities, in a total of 15 countries and more than 300 international cities. Internationally, the show has been performed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Cole says, "You get in the room with a bunch of women who are celebrating the change and a magical thing happens. We feel like rock stars! Be prepared to laugh and have a good time! And, don't we all need that?" For more information about the show, please visit www. menopausethemusical.com. For more information about Ingrid Cole, please visit www.Ingridcole.com. JENNIFER TAFT, Contributing Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910.484.6200. Your opinion is something we always want to hear. Call or email us your feedback. WE'RE ALL EARS Questions? Comments? Story Ideas? Let us know how we're doing. 208 Rowan St. Fayetteville, NC 28301 910.484.6200 www.upandcomingweekly.com

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